Armenian Nation Mourns Catholicos Death

The passing Tuesday of His Holiness Karekin I–Catholicos of All Armenia’s sent the Armenian nation into mourning. Armenia’s throughout the world mourned the passing of the 131st Catholicos–as the Holy See of Etchmiadzin declared a 40-day national mourning period.

The Catholicosate of the Holy See of Cilicia issued an announcement Wednesday declaring a 40-day mourning period.

The Cilicia See statement also announced that His Holiness Aram I–Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia will personally lead a delegation to Karekin I’s funeral.

Condolence messages were dispatched to the Etchmiadzin from the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Bureau–the ARF Western US Central Committee–the Catholicosate of the Holy See of Cilicia–the Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic church–the World Council of Churches and Fresno Congressman George Radanovich.

Requiem services are scheduled on Sunday–as well as on the day of the Catholicos Karekin I’s funeral–Thursday–July 8.

Western Prelate Bishop Moushegh Mardirossian has announced that all churches will be open to parishioners who wish to pray for the Catholicos and pay their respects by lighting candles.

On Sunday–July 4–all Prelacy churches

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